- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (November 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801882494
- ISBN-13: 978-0801882494
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry 1st Edition
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Wise words from a wise man.(Naomi Schaefer Riley Wall Street Journal)
Paul McHugh is such a wonderful writer, and so brilliant a theorist, that reading him is at once an aesthetic delight and a gripping intellectual adventure. The pleasure provided by these essays―which are enriched and enlivened by fascinating stories drawn from decades of clinical experience―is heightened by the brilliant light they cast on the true nature of psychiatry and on those mountains of the mind that Dr. McHugh never stops struggling to fathom and to climb.(Norman Podhoretz, Editor-at-Large, Commentary)
Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins is the man who rescued modern psychiatry from a coven of flaming nut cases with medical degrees who actually believed in such lunatic notions as 'recovered memory,' 'sexual reassignment,' 'multiple personality disorder,' 'physician-assisted suicide,' 'Vietnam-specific post traumatic stress syndrome' and destroyed innumerable lives as long as they held sway. Dr. McHugh describes his battle against them and in the process gives us a realistic picture and philosophy of the human condition.(Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff)
Paul McHugh has one of the finest minds, and sharpest tongues, in American psychiatry. He has collected some of the most foolish and misguided claims of his colleagues and examined them with crisp logic, common sense, clinical expertise, and scientific sophistication. I have never had so much fun while being educated, or so much education while having fun.(Robert Michels, M.D., Cornell University Medical College)
Paul McHugh is one of the best and most original writers in psychiatry or psychology. He is iconoclastic, idealistic, deeply informed, and is one of the most important influences on generations of psychiatric researchers and clinicians. The Mind Has Mountains is the essence of McHugh's ideas. No one will agree with everything he writes―I don't―but no one who reads this book will remain unaffected by the clarity and importance of his thinking. He is a teacher of the first rank.(Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of An Unquiet Mind)
McHugh writes clearly in a straightforward manner that laymen will find gratifying... thought provoking and entertaining.(John Lewis Baltimore Magazine)
Paul McHugh... enjoys a little bit of controversy. He likes to poke and prod at some of the shibboleths... of psychiatry... You may not agree, but he should make you think.(Mark Welch, Ph.D. Metapsychology)
Elegantly clear, concise, jargon-free.(Hopkins Medicine)
This is a refreshing book... both in its moral stance and in the solid common sense of its philosophy.(Richard W. Hudgens PsycCRITIQUES)
McHugh writes with a wit and elegance almost extinct in his professional neighborhood.(Kay S. Hymowitz Commentary)
It is impossible to read these essays and not feel challenged to position onself on the issue under discussion.(Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease)
Well-written, sometimes elegant.(Eric J. Cassell, M.D. New England Journal of Medicine)
[McHugh] examines with wit, common sense, and humanity several trends in modern psychiatry.(Sunrise: Theosophic Perspectives)
A well-written and thought-provoking volume of essays that gives mental health professionals and interested lay readers one view into topics that have been prominent at the interface between psychiatry and society for the past two decades.(Mary E. Barber Psychiatric Services)
About the Author
Paul R. McHugh, M.D., is the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, the former director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the coauthor of The Perspectives of Psychiatry, also available from Johns Hopkins. He was selected by President George W. Bush to sit on the Presidential Council on Bioethics and by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to be on their National Review Board for the elimination of the sexual abuse of children by clergy.
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Richard Howlin, Ph.D.
Clinical Developmental Psychologist
In short, every psychiatrist should read it, but I am sad to say there are many who won't because they lack the capacity to be self-critical.
Just how far this distance would grow and how unfortunate the consequences of the separation between psychoanalysis and scientific medicine would be for our culture, and indeed all of society, is one of the topics in this new, five-part book, "The Mind Has Mountains." The author, Dr. Paul McHugh, former chair of the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School, has put together a collection of his scholarly articles.
Harold Bloom in his column, "Why Freud Matters," (Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2006) advised us that despite the fact that no one today believes that psychoanalysis is a science, it cannot be gainsaid that "Freud ... was the equal of the other major writers of his era, James Joyce, Marcel Proust and Franz Kafka." Freudianism, along with its creative and imaginative platonic-like constructs (id, ego, libido, etc.) continues to impact society.
A reader of "The Mind Has Mountains" will have a balanced, erudite critique of Freud's continuing influence. Unlike the work of Freud and his progeny, Dr. McHugh's "Reflections" are based not on personal opinions or unproven theses, but are the fruit of years of painstaking, empirically verified research coupled with the vast clinical experience of the author and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and other major university hospitals.
The book is not narrowly limited to psychoanalysis, but treats the whole range of issues which psychiatry faces today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Despite McHugh's impressive credentials, he should have taken the professional and ethical route and abstain from anything in the guise of medical opinion on the complex subject of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Penny
The book was in excellent condition and arrived quickly.
This author was recommended as someone who truly understands the disease of schizophrenia. Read more
An excellent collection of essays by Dr. Paul McHugh. Having been a student of Dr. McHugh's, these essays reveal his thoughtfulness and incredible grasp of things medical, social,... Read morePublished on April 1, 2007 by J. Disney
Having encountered the fads of the 70's-80's,I had come to take a very dim view of the profession. It is a relief to see that change is in the air, science is back in the saddle... Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Mike Walsh